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Four Elite USA Weightlifting Athletes to Compete at 2014 Russian Federation Presidents Cup

Aug. 21, 2014, 10:44 a.m. (ET)

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Team USA Competition Schedule

*ALL TIMES ARE IN RUSSIAN

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Colin Burns, 94kg-3:00-4:30pm (RESULTS-164kg Snatch, 195kg Clean & Jerk, 359kg Total, 4th Place)

Jenny Arthur, 75kg-5:00-6:30pm (RESULTS-102kg Snatch, 126kg Clean & Jerk, 228kg, 6th Place)

Donovan Ford, 105kg-7:00-8:30pm (RESULTS-150kg Snatch, 190kg Clean & Jerk, 340kg total, 7th Place)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Chioma Amechi, 75+kg, 5:00-6:30pm (RESULTS- Missed 3 attempts in the Snatch at 100kg, did not Clean & Jerk, No total)

Four Elite USA Weightlifting Athletes to Compete at 2014 Russian Federation President’s Cup

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.—A small team of elite USA Weightlifting athletes is busy preparing for the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Grand Prix & Fourth 2014 Russian Federation President’s Cup.

The prestigious event, a personal qualification competition for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will take place Sept. 5-8 in Noyabrsk, Russia.

Chioma Amaechi (San Francisco, Hasslefree Barbell, Coach: Kevin Doherty) will look to lead the American team in the +75kg category. The IWF invited Team USA based on Amaechi’s standings in the world rankings; in the IWF’s standings, she is currently among the top eight weightlifters worldwide.

Jenny Arthur (Colorado Springs, Colo., Team Georgia Weightlifting, Coach: Zygmunt Smalcerz, 75kg category), Colin Burns (Monroe, Wisc., Texas Barbell, Coach: Bo Sandoval, 94kg) and Donovan Ford (Colorado Springs, Hasslefree Barbell, Coach: Doherty, 105kg) will round out the American contingent.

USA Weightlifting Olympic Training Center Resident Team Coach Smalcerz, who has been training the four American competitors during the past week at the OTC, will serve as head coach for Team USA at the event.

The fourth annual installment of the competition, the 2014 Russian President’s Cup is one of several major events that the IWF has designated as a personal qualifier for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. As opposed to previous Olympic Games, aspiring weightlifters must now compete in two major IWF qualification events leading up to Rio.

Participating athletes at the Russian President’s Cup will have an opportunity to win up to $5,000 in prize money. A selection competition, the event has limited its contested weight divisions, with only the 94kg, 105kg and +105kg categories available to the men and the 75kg and +75kg categories available to the women.

Approximately 2,100 miles northeast of Moscow, Noyabrsk is in the Yamalo-Nenets area of the northern part of Russia. The area relies heavily on its oil and gas reserves, and the Russian President’s Cup will coincide with citywide festivities honoring Russia’s National Oil & Gas Industry Day.